1. Mobile phone
You never know when help will be needed or a terminal mechanical failure will occur. A phone will be handy to conduct someone or guide you to the nearest point of civilization! Furthermore it is useful when you missed a turn and want to return back to your track. Make sure you always start the ride with a fully charged battery
It is always handy to carry some cash. Very often we run out of supplies or just need a hot cup of coffee.
3. Tire repair kit
Every mountain biker’s nightmare. A flat tire totally ruins the fan. Spare tubes compensate by allowing you to fix the bike and continue.
4. Tire Foam
In the event of a small puncture or tube replacement, the Tire foam will help preventing small punctures until the end of the ride.
5. Mini Tool kit
Very often bolds get loose or the chain breaks unpredictably bringing our ride to a halt. These are small repairs that only take a couple of minutes to fix. Multi tools enable us to sort these issues.
6. Electricians’ tape / Zip ties
Many people would wonder what the need for an electricians tape or Zip ties is. The answer is that things on a bike (i.e. bottle cages, bags) could break or tear due to a crash. They need to be fastened back into place and these two are a simple and effective fix.
7. Chain Lube
Very often we cross water streams or get caught in the rain. The chain starts making annoying noises and we need to stop it. A chain lube is the answer.
8. Drop hanger
An underestimated part of the bike, whose job, is to break in order to protect the frame. A spare one is needed so that in the event of a hit that caused the hanger to break, it can be replaced and the ride will continue.
9. First Aid Kit
A crash… either us or a close mate might need immediate medical attention. Until help arrives this is the only thing that will help
10. Food / water
Never underestimate the body’s need for energy and hydration. Without fuel the body might collapse. Therefore for rides more than 2 hours it’s good to consume a snack of about 100g which contains 60g of carbs. Furthermore 500ml of fluids mast be consumed as well.
Riding a mountain bike is something that should never be done alone. It is safer to have at least one mate that shares your passion and thus push each other to enjoy more. The above things have minimal weight but they could be shared making the rack sacks lighter and easier to carry. For epic rides it is advisable to carry the important parts as well. It will enable the riders to travel much further.
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